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Code of Behaviour


Code of Behaviour  :   February 2010

“le díograis ‘s le dílseacht”

Our code is based on the FCJ ethos of Truth, Respect and Justice leading to a positive teaching and learning environment.  The school’s Code of Behaviour was reviewed and updated in February 2010 by the Board of Management, staff, parents and students of the FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody.

Our Code is based on the F.C.J. Ethos of Truth, Respect and Justice leading to a lositive teaching and learning environment.

Our aim is to create a respectful, happy, safe and co-operative atmosphere built on a foundation of positive relationships among all in our school community. In this atmosphere students can participate fully in all school activities so as to further personal development, good citizenship and academic progress.

Our goal is the development and well-being of each member of our school community.

It is the responsibility of the Board of Management, staff, students and parents to ensure that our Code is implemented, respected and supported in a just and fair manner.

The Code of Behaviour was ratified by the Board of Management in May 2010.


The Standards of Behaviour that shall be observed by all in our school:

 Our school values respect for all, kindness and willingness to help others,  fairness and forgiveness, courtesy and good manners.

 Student Commitments:

  •  I will attend school punctually every day.
  •  I will respect all staff.
  •  I will respect other students and their learning.
  •  I will do my best in class and take responsibility for my attention, for my behaviour and for completing my homework and study.
  •  I will take responsibility for my books and equipment.
  •  I will keep the rules and follow classroom regulations.
  •  I will wear my school uniform properly.
  •  I will be honest and truthful.
  •  I will respect school property and help to keep my school clean.
  •  I will participate in school activities.
  •  I will help to create a safe and positive environment in my school.

 Unacceptable Behaviour

  •  Bullying Behaviour
  •  Behaviour that is hurtful
  •  Behaviour that interferes with teaching and learning
  •  Threats or physical hurt to another person
  •  Damage to property
  •  Theft
  •  Use, possession or distribution of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol and drugs or legal drug substitutes  for illegal drugs
  •  Unauthorised absence ( e.g. mitching)


The Measures that will be taken when a student fails or refuses to observe those standards:

When a student’s behaviour is unacceptable disciplinary sanctions will be imposed. These measures will be a proportionate response to the behaviour causing concern and will be applied in a fair and just manner. The purpose of these measures is to bring about a positive change in behaviour. The following measures may be used:

  • Note on E-Portal
  • Verbal Warning
  • Extra Homework/ Repeated Homework
  • Repositioning  in  Class
  • Referral to Form Teacher/ Dean/ Deputy Principal/ Principal
  • Referral to Care Team
  • Detention at break/ lunch time/ after school/ Saturday
  • School Community Service
  • Communication from subject teacher to parents/ guardians via journal/ homework slip
  • Communication from Dean / Deputy Principal/ Principal to parents / guardians via phone/ letter
  • Consultation/ Meeting with parents/ guardians
  • “On  Report “ card
  • Temporary Withdrawal from Class
  • Fines
  • Confiscation of Items
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion


Procedures to be followed before a student may be suspended/ expelled:

Serious and persistent misbehaviour may result in suspension or expulsion. Suspension and expulsion should be a proportionate response to the behaviour that is causing concern. The FCJ values of Truth, Respect and Justice should apply in all cases.

Fair procedures have two essential parts:

  • The  right  to be heard.

This means that a student and his/ her parents are fully informed about an  allegation and the processes that will be used to investigate  and decide the matter;  and that they must be given an opportunity to respond  before  a  decision is made and serious sanction is imposed.

  •  The right to impartiality.

This means the right to an absence of bias in the decision maker.

On returning to school suspended students must first meet the Principal to reaffirm their commitment to the Code of Behaviour and to formally terminate the suspension.

The Grounds for Removing a Suspension

A suspension may be removed if the Board of Management decides to remove the suspension for any reason or if the Secretary General of the Department of Education & Skills directs that it be removed following an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act 1998.


The Procedures to be followed relating to notification of a child’s absence from school.

School attendance is the single most important factor to enable students to achieve their full potential. It is the keystone upon which a child’s education is built. Therefore it is essential that the school and parents work together to ensure that their child attends school every day.

  •  Parents must inform the school of their child’s absence for any reason .
  • The student must present an absence note in their school journal to their Form Teacher on their return to school clearly stating the reasons for absence. The note must be shown to the subject teacher at 8.50 am.
  • Medical certificates are accepted for long term absences due to illness and are recorded in the student’s file. If a student is absent for 20 days or more the The Child & Family Agency Tusla must be notified. If medical certificates have been presented this information will be passed on.
  • In order to promote good attendance the school will on occasion text / contact parents  regarding absences. If a parent has a query he/she should contact the school office.
  • Failure to notify the school re absence will result in the matter being addressed by the Form Teacher. If the matter is not resolved the Dean of Year and Attendance Officer will be informed  and the  parents/guardians  contacted.


Code of Behaviour Review Committee 2010

Peter Crean, Parent

Sr. Ger Curran, fcJ, Guidance Counsellor

Brendan Daly, Deputy Principal

Mary Doyle, Parent

Mark Ennett, Student

Lucy Frend, Teacher

Majella Kelly, Supervisor

Mairéad Lancaster, Student

Niall Murphy, Teacher

Teresa Murphy, Cleaning Supervisor

Laurie O’Connell, Supervisor

John O’ Neill, Teacher

Michael Ruane, Teacher

Carmel Wade, Teacher

Marion Weston, Parent

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FCJ Secondary School,
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